Green Ribbon Trail

Words don’t really mean much until you act on them. If you’re like me, you’ve probably said hundreds of things you want to do, but only actually do a handful of them at most (I need more hands than I have to count the New Year’s resolutions I’ve made and not kept…). A few years…

Unity Doesn’t Equal Uniformity

Unity doesn’t mean we have to agree. In fact, I believe we can very strongly disagree, but still be unified. Granted there are some essential issues that make it hard to unify on (sexual abuse and racism are two for me). But if you have a common goal that is bigger than your issues, unification…

Sorry Not Sorry

Words hold a lot of power. They can be freeing. They can be restricting. They can give life. They can tear down. One little phrase has been on my mind that can be well intentioned, but doesn’t end up always doing a whole lot of good. I’m sorry. Don’t get me wrong. There is a time…

Don’t Limit Yourself

I don’t know about you, but I have the tendency to write myself off. “Oh, I could never do that” or “Yea, I’m not very good at that.” True, I am not great at everything I do. But often by putting ourselves down, in a sense, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Maybe, even though I…

When Life Gets in the Way 

If you’ve been following the news in suburban Philadelphia the past couple weeks, you might have heard about the church shooting that took place at Keystone Fellowship. A horrible tragedy took place, leaving families on both sides grieving and coping with unimaginable losses. My heart continues to break for them. All I have to do…

2016 Reading Challenge

I loved to read when I was a kid. I used to devour books. But at some point during college — whether from a hectic schedule or from textbook fatigue I’m not entirely sure — I stopped reading other than what I had to for school. When I would try to pick up a book…

How I Stay Organized: The Passion Planner

I’m a little old school when it comes to my planner. I’ve tried the calendar on my phone and many different apps for my calendar and to-do lists, but I always fall back to good old fashioned paper. The Passion Planner is more than just a calendar. It’s a tool to help you identify your…

Three Words for 2016

I gave up making New Year’s resolutions a few years ago. Try as I might, setting a resolution to “get in shape”, “eat healthier”, or “wake up earlier” never turned out to be a great way to actually make those things happen. When I made resolutions, it was as if I was setting myself up for…

End of the Year Review: 2015

At the beginning of the year, I chose three words to grow in and help guide me throughout 2015: blossom, love, and fearless. It’s been a long year and a lot has happened. For a few of my highlight, I… Started freelancing. Joined a soccer team. Made many new friends and deepened old relationships. Traveled locally…

When Enough Is Enough

I really hate taking sick days. Maybe it’s because I don’t like quitting or leaving work I have to do unfinished. Maybe it’s because I often feel run down and tend to deny that I am actually getting sick. Or maybe I’m just a workaholic. Who knows. But a lesson I’ve been learning (over and over)…